baking

Trust me, I’m a doctor!

Overheard in class the other day:

Q. What type of doctor is Dr Pepper?

A. A fizz-ician. *rim shot*

Matt couldn’t have known it when he told the joke, but Dr Pepper is my One True Love and has been since I was a kid. Dr Pepper will never not call, or text obsessively asking where I am, or stare at its phone and tune out everything I say. I don’t drink it as regularly as I used to (because sugary drinks…), but my opinion of restaurants is still very much influenced by whether they serve it. (Points to Mongo’s, Boston Pizza, and Taco Time!)

When I found this recipe for Dr Pepper Brownies, I was sufficiently intrigued to pin it. (Question: If this action is taking place on Pinterest, did I pin it or did I Pin it? In any case, I saved it for future reference.) Through some weird bit of kismet, I had a brownie mix in the pantry so this required no extra acquisition of ingredients on my part. Those are the best recipes!

As it turned out, my mix was already of the chocolate-chunk variety, so I didn’t need to add chocolate chips as called for in the recipe.

Full disclosure: one of the things that really appealed to me about this recipe was that it only called for 1/4 cup of Dr Pepper, which meant – oh, darn – I’d have to drink the rest of the can myself. This is the same “one for you, one for me” methodology I use when Christmas shopping, but oh, did it ever work well this time!

The baking instructions in the recipe differed slightly from the box instructions…I went with the box, only because I figured if anyone would know how to make their mix, they would.

The addition of the soda created a really interesting texture on top. I was a little concerned they wouldn’t have that flaky-chewy brownie thing going on…

But I was wrong! These were really moist and lovely. Even my dad, who usually ignores anything that isn’t a cookie, waxed poetic about the chocolatey chewiness. No one who tried one could taste much Dr Pepper, unfortunately, but I swear I got a little bit of…fizz?…if I ate mindfully.

And because I can’t resist co-ordinating whenever possible:

Yes, I can match my wardrobe to my kitchen projects.

Thanks for looking! 🙂

2 thoughts on “Trust me, I’m a doctor!”

  1. I adore dr. pepper, but it’s caffeinated so I have to be wary of when I drink it (I’m pretty sensitive to caffeine and it interferes with my sleeping big time) so I usually don’t drink caffeine after 11 am in the morning if I do consume it. And I don’t normally want a soda with breakfast.

    So did you just add the soda with the normal ingredients stated on the box or did it replace something? And I totally approve of theming ones outfits to ones activity 😀

    1. When I compared the box instructions and the recipe, the Dr Pepper basically replaces the water you’d normally use. One of my friends suggested cooking down a can to get a more concentrated syrup for better flavour before adding it, but I’m not sure if that would affect the texture of the finished product.

      Eeuww, soda with breakfast…years ago, I remember sleeping over at my cousin’s place and she’d be cracking open a Pepsi first thing – I could never wrap my head around that!

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